Harrogate Borough Council is calling for assistance from residents, landowners and developers to help identify land for future housing and commercial development in the district.
Following the withdrawal of the Sites and Policies Development Plan Document in June 2014, the council started work on a new Local Plan which will act as a guide for the future growth of the district up to 2035. As part of this process, the council has announced a ‘Call for Sites’, which will commence on Monday 15 September 2014, so that potential allocations can be considered and incorporated into this plan.
Interested parties who wish to put forward a site for consideration will need to complete a ‘Site Submission Form’ for each individual site, detailing as much information as possible including a map showing the location and precise boundaries. Sites should be capable of accommodating five or more residential dwellings or 500m2 of employment floor space and can be located anywhere within the Harrogate district.
Anyone who has submitted a location in a previous ‘Calls for Sites’ should complete a new form detailing updated information on its potential suitability. Completed forms and plans should be returned by Friday 24 October 2014. Potential sites will then be comprehensively assessed for their suitability.
Councillor Michael Harrison, Cabinet Member for Planning said: The ‘Call for Sites’ is an opportunity for people from across the district to send us details of sites that may potentially be suitable for future development for housing or employment uses.
Using the suggestions that are received will help the council decide what options may exist to meet housing and employment needs in the future.
Submitting details of potential land does not guarantee that it will be included in the Local Plan as there are many things to consider before the final decision about the use of areas of land are made. However, full consideration will be given to every site put forward.
Site Submission Forms, along with guidance notes will be available to download from the council’s website at www.harrogate.gov.uk/plan/Pages/SHLAA.aspx
For further information please contact Simon Hartley, Senior Planner on 01423 556584.